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Overstuffed? Feds don't care. Just dump more in!
From the throwing on more water solution to the problem of a flood, come the Feds answer to children starving in the streets of America during the 2-3 months of summer when they are out of school.
Haven't you been dying in your heart with grief wondering how the Federal Government is going to solve your local problem of children starving during the summer when they are out of school? Seeing these kids scrounging in the dumpsters, falling dead in the streets, littering the sidewalks and forcing us to step over them?
But, be happy. Be free of worry. Have peace in your heart. The Feds have saved the day!!!
Acknowledging that the hunger faced by millions of American students during the summertime is "a catastrophe," the top nutrition official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to experiment with a totally new approach to feeding poor kids during the months they have no access to subsidized meals at school cafeterias.
The idea: issue a seasonal electronic benefits card to families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches during the academic year.
So, these beaurocrats think that once these poor kids are out of school, they have absolutely no access to food? Two problems with this belief.
One, kids have parents. Even poor kids. And, uniquely, poor kids tend to have poor parents. These poor parents typically have welfare because of their poor kids - that are poor due to having poor parents. (See the vicious cycle?) Thus, these kids, via their families, already have access to welfare. Welfare which is, oddly enough, for a full 12 months.
This welfare comes in a variety of means. It comes in via food stamps which directly relates to the problem mentioned above. Welfare can come in via unemployment welfare, social-security supplements, money-for-kids (TANIF, I believe) and several others. This of course depends on the families situation and level of poor-ness.
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Giving more welfare to an overstuffed welfare system.
But, poor kids due to their relationship with their poor parents, already have access to welfare that is directly intended to buy food for the kids.
AOL News reported in June that an estimated 16 million children would face a summer of hunger this year. The recession has led to an increase in the number of needy students -- a record 20.5 million were eligible for subsidized school lunches at the end of the last school year.
If kids are not eating food EXCEPT for their time at school, then I think instead of creating another government welfare program, we start to investigate the parents for child abuse!!!
And the second problem, this government actually believes these kids are out on the streets on their own. From their statements, they seem to believe that these kids are just roaming the streets looking for food. And without these civil servants doing their due diligence, these kids would starve to death!
In January, Congress gave the USDA $85 million to help strengthen the system. This summer, Mississippi, which reaches just 7.9 percent of eligible children during the summer, used federal funds to add enrichment activities designed to attract children to feeding centers. [ED: Hey kids, while you are out and about, looking for food, come to the "feeding center".]
Arkansas, with a participation rate of 10.6 percent, tried to help some of the summer sites stay open for a longer portion of the vacation. With autumn still a few weeks off, Concannon said, "it's too early for us to draw conclusions for either one of those."
"But it's a serious challenge," Concannon said. "We need to do more about this catastrophe."
But yet, the problem actually seems to revolve around the kids.
Larry James, the Dallas ministries' president and CEO, said it took some doing to comply with the various federal regulations. Children must stay at the feeding location with their food, to make sure they don't turn over the lunches to someone else. The ministries' volunteers stayed for 90 minutes at each stop, and "we spent a lot of time keeping kids on-site," James said.
These people are asking kids to come on their own, to a "feeding center", and then stay around for 90 minuts while these STRANGERS try to force the kids to stay in the area and eat the government food. Could the problem with attendance be that kids don't see the federally-subsidized advertising for these "feeding centers" while they are roaming the streets looking for food?
Could it be that another reason their attendance might be low is because these sites are only open for 90 minutes? How many meals can you give a kid if you only can seize and detain them for 90 minutes!?!?
If these kids are starving, then wouldn't they WANT to stay and eat as much as they can? Seems to me that they would be fighting off the starving kids like many of the zombie-horde movies we love watching. If these kids were really starving, then wouldn't there be more kids showing up?
Or, are 90% of those kids starving to death before these great and generous civil servants show up?
I wonder if there is something else goin on.....
A little probing by the ministries uncovered what was wrong: Children and their parents were scared. Some of the parks where food was served had a reputation for crime. The ministries asked the police for help. "This benefited the families, who knew the children had protection. And it benefited the image of the police too," James said.
Despite that extra effort, however, the vast majority of the city's poor students were left to find food some other way.
Tell me, seriously, how smart do you have to be to decide to open a food station at a park that is the site of crime so bad that starving kids and parents are too afraid to go to, despite their starvation?!?!??!?!
..."LEFT to find food some other way." I wonder if that "other" way might be the kid's own parents who already receive welfare for their kids in order to buy food for their kids throughout the year so that their poor kids won't starve. Hmmm?
But no. We need to create another federal welfare program to give more money to these parents that are already supposedly not feeding their kids like they are supposed to. Why create another systemcard when the welfare card is already on a magnetic-stripe card and has the funds electronically deposited into the parent's checking account? We don't even force welfare recipients to come to the welfare office to pick up the checks. Heck, we don't even ask them to walk to their own mailbox any more.
Soon, we are just going to go house to house, bring the food to them, cook it up, and then serve their food to them on TV-trays.